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For those of you who like to run — an exercise that we, as a proud staff, have avoided for a combined 110-plus years — there’s an upcoming event that will tie in nicely with Downtown Sanford’s upcoming StreetFest.

The first Salvation Army Kettle Krush 5K will kick off StreetFest at 8 a.m. on April 14 on Buffalo Street behind First Baptist Church in Downtown Sanford. Runners will start near the church and finish at Depot Park. There will also be a Fun Run for younger runners (ages 5-12), and running strollers will be welcome in both races (just start in the back, mom or dad, so nobody trips on your wheels).

Race fee is $30 a person, and those who register by the end of Thursday of this week will receive a Kettle Krush Tech T-Shirt as part of their race packet.

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Parking will be available at First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue, at First Baptist Church on Summit Drive or at the Lee County Board of Education building on Gordon Street. Awards will be given to the top overall 5K winners and the top 40-plus runners (plus awards in each age division). After the race, StreetFest will begin at 10 a.m. with live music, entertainment, art, a kid’s zone and food and beverage trucks (plus beer).

The evening will be capped off with a fireworks show — a heavily attended event at last year’s inaugural event.

The Rant will have much more on StreetFest and the headlining band, Southern Culture on the Skids in the coming days.

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